City of Newburyport COVID-19 Response Update
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - There are currently forty-nine confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Newburyport. Two Newburyport residents have died from complications of the virus.
The Newburyport Health Department is following DPH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and is monitoring each case during the 14-day quarantine period.
Following the guidance of state and federal officials, the City of Newburyport has undertaken the following measures:
- All public gatherings are banned. Individuals must maintain six feet of distance in public.
- Public playgrounds are closed to the public. Athletic Fields and courts and fields are closed except for passive recreation.
- Plum Island Parking Lot is closed an all parking is prohibited on public streets.
- Masks are required to be warn by the general public and employees within essential business that are open to the public.
- The Board of Health Orders Social distancing of 6 feet or more should be practiced at all times.
- Evictions for residential and commercial tenants is banned during this Emergency.
- Newburyport Schools are closed for the rest of the school year
- City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Residents and business owners needing to conduct business with the city should call 978-465-4413 or visit the city's website.
- All Senior Center activities are cancelled, with the exception of the Meals on Wheels Program
- The Newburyport Public Library is closed.
- Newburyport Youth Services is closed and all programming is suspended until further notice.
- All Police and Fire Department lobbies and stations are closed to the public, with the exception of the vestibule at the front entrance of the police station, for emergencies only. Residents are encouraged to call the departments’ business lines for all non-emergency matters. The Police Department’s business line is 978-462-4411 and the Fire Department’s business line is 978-465-4427.
As always, please call 911 for any emergency. All emergency services are fully functional and prepared.
The Newburyport Police and Fire Departments remain fully staffed and prepared to respond to any emergency.
Mayor Holaday delivers Seventh COVID-19 Update April 30, 2020
COVID-19 Impact Survey for Businesses and Non-Profits
Mayor Donna Holaday has convened an Economic Recovery and Revitalization Task Force to create strategies and policies to support our local businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force includes representatives from the Mayor's Office, the Department of Planning and Development, the City Council, and the Chamber of Commerce.
The Task Force’s first action is to reach out to all businesses through an online survey to better understand their individual situations. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey so that we can better understand the impacts the coronavirus is having on your business and how we can help provide assistance and resources to help you through this challenging time.
We also would like to hear from our non-proft organizations as well:
Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory Board
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration extended the essential services emergency order to May 18th and launched a Reopening Advisory Board that will produce a plan to the Governor by May 18th. The Administration also announced that the Department of Public Health’s Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect and gatherings of 10 or more people remain prohibited until May 18th. Full Press Release and Information.
Newburyport Board of Health Issues REVISES Orders Banning Gatherings in Public, Mandating Masks, and Banning Evictions
On April 23rd The Board of Health unianimously approved revising the order (in italics) issued on April 15th with the following aimed to further reduce and precent the spread of COVID-19 locally:
- Gatherings in all public areas including but not limited to parks, public buildings and walkways are hereby restricted. Gatherings include physical and interactive sports activities to include but not limited to playing frisbee, catch, tennis and other activities that may spread the Covid-19 virus from sweat, droplets and physical contact from an individual. Individual passive recreational activities, such as walking, jogging and biking are exempt from this provision. All individuals must practice social distancing of 6 feet and not gather in one setting.
- All members of the public entering any essential business as defined by Governor Baker’s Covid-19 Executive Orders must wear a facial covering, such as a fabric mask, scarf or bandana, over his or her nose and mouth. The facial covering does not have to be a surgical mask or N-95 respirator, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders.
- All employees of all essential businesses open to the public shall wear a facial covering over their mouth and nose, provided by their employers, during all hours of operation. Employers and employees must also comply with all applicable CDC and DPH protocols and guidelines for their particular business, which may include recommendations and/or directives concerning the use of personal protective equipment, such as gloves. Essential businesses open to the public shall use discretion for occupational health hazards using facial coverings (i.e. cooks over grills, employees using machinery, etc.) and can make best professional judgement on use of facial coverings or not during such occupational operations. Food/Goods delivery personnel are considered employees and shall wear facial covering over their nose and mouth when delivering the food/goods to the customer if there is a person to person exchange. The facial covering does not have to be a surgical mask or N-95 respirator, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders.
- Each applicable essential business shall post at the public and employee entrances signage requiring a facial covering and must exercise social and physical distancing of six feet from one another.
- Moratorium on Eviction Enforcement & R.E. business: No landlord and/or owner shall enforce an eviction upon a resident of Newburyport, residential or commercial, during this public health crisis. Real Estate showings of homes, dwellings or other properties shall be limited to two people from the public. R.E (Real Estate) agents shall not be considered in this count but limited to the R.E agent only. All surfaces must be sanitized before and after showing and all social distancing protocols shall be followed.
- Any resident or member of the general public, including workforce, entering or exiting a residential or commercial building complex of greater than one (1) unit must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth while in common areas and communal spaces and must exercise social distancing in these spaces in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- Social distancing of 6 feet or more should be practiced at all times. Everyone should comply with the Governors “stay at home” advisory to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus
- Board of Health hereby strongly advises that anyone out in public ways, areas, buildings and such shall wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth
This emergency order shall be effective beginning April 15th, 2020 and remain in effect until the Public Health Emergency declaration has been lifted by the Board of Health.
Reminder to Not Flush Disinfectant Wipes Down the Toilet
Mayor Holaday and the Department of Public Services urges residents and businesses to not flush wipes of any kind down the toilet, including disenfectant wipes.
We are all doing are part to keep our households clean and sterilized, but please do not flush disinfectant wipes down the toilet. Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups in your home and neighborhood. This has been proven to result in sanitary sewer overflows, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The DPS has already responded to several back ups of homes and clogs in pump stations and sewer pipes.
Please throw these products in the trash; there is no such thing as a “flushable” wipe.
Newburyport Connected, a Resource Page for Residents and Businesses looking for help or offering help
Newburyport Connected is a city site with resources for residents and businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. You can use the sign in form to describe your need and city staff will help resolve your issue or will refer you to the appropriate local social service provider. Many will be affected by Coronavirus in the coming months and we hope that this referral page will make it easier for residents to find the help they need. In addition, residents and businesses looking to help others can sign up to be connected to others. We may have to stay apart and be socially distant, but we need to remain connected as a community during these difficult times.
- Mayor Holaday's sixth weekly COVID-19 update April 23, 2020
- Mayor Holaday's fifth weekly update on City's Response to COVID-19
- Mayor Holaday's CodeRed Phone Recording April 15, 2020
- Mayor Holaday fourth weekly update on City's Response to COVID-19 April 9, 2020
- Mayor Holaday's CodeRed Phone Recording April 6, 2020
- Mayor Holaday delivers third weekly update of City's response to COVID-19 April 2, 2020.
- Mayor Holaday delivers second weekly update of City's response to COVID-19 March 26, 2020
- Mayor's Speech on COVID-19 Preparations and Response March 19, 2020
Previous City Updates:
- COVID-19 Impact Survey for Businesses and Non-Profits
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting Payroll Protection Program applications
- City of Newburyport Reports First Death Due to COVID-19 April 18, 2020
- Board of Health Issues Orders Banning Gatherings in Public, Mandating Masks, and Banning Evictions April 14, 2020
- Mayor Holaday's Inteview on Local Pulse Radio April 10, 2020
- City Council Passes Ordinance Restricting Gatherings and Promoting Social Distancing. April 8, 2020
- Property Tax and Water/Sewer Payment Due Dates Extended to June 1. April 8, 2020
- Mayor Holaday's Interview on Local Pulse Radio Program #297 March 27, 2020
- City Launches Newburyport Connected, a Community Resource for Support during COVID-19 Pandemic
- City Issues Temporary Emergency Order Prohibiting the use of Reusable Bags at Retail Establishments
- Mayor Holaday and the Health Director Issue an Order ceasing the operation of all personal services opertations until futher notice. March 24, 2020
- Mayor Holaday Reminder that all Playgrounds and Athletic Fields remain closed to the public. March 23, 2020
- Our Neighbors Table's list of Food Sources for those in need. March 22, 2020
- Changes to trash and recycling pickup: G. Mello will only collect trash and recycling, including cardboard, from barrels and bins. March 22, 2020
- Press Release on first 3 Posititive COVID-19 Cases in Newburyport March 21, 2020
- Mayor Holaday's Interview on Local Pulse Radio Program March 20, 2020
- Support for Small Businesses During COVID-19
- City of Newburyport State of Emergency Declaration March 19, 2020
- Press Release COVID- 19 Preparations and Response March 19, 2020
- Grab and Go Meals Program Launched for Newuryport Families in Need March 18, 2020
- Residents Can Help Others Through Good Neighbors Sign-Up March 18, 2020
- Public Playgrounds and Athletic Fields Closed to Limit COVID-19 March 17, 2020
- Reductions in City Staffing and Inspectional Services Suspended March 17, 2020
- City Established First Protocols and Processes in Response to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus March 16, 2020
- Mayor Holaday, Health Director Frank Giacolone, Superintendant Sean Gallagher and Council on Aging Director Roseann Robillard provide information on COVID-19 on NCM Hub Channel 9 March 13, 2020
Previous State Updates
- Baker-Polito Administration Announces Implementation Of CARES Act Unemployment Benefits For Self-Employed, Gig Economy And Other Workers April 22, 2020
- Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures, Continued Steps to Support COVID-19 Response April 21, 2020
- Baker-Polito Administration Announces Travel Guidelines March 27 2020.
- Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures through May 4 and Steps to Ensure Housing Stability. March 25 2020.
- Govenor Baker Issues New Order for non-essential businesses to cease in-person operations and to prohibit gatherings of 10 or more people. March 24, 2020
- Governor Baker's emergency order temporarily closing all child care programs and authorizing the temporary creation and operation of emergency child care programs March 18, 2020
- PUBLIC and PRIVATE elementary and secondary (K-12) schools to close until April 6, 2020 March 15, 2020
- Prohibitions of Gatherings of More Than 25 People and On-premises Consumption of Food and Drink March 15, 2020
- Governor Baker's COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration
- Updates, Emergency Orders, and Guidance from Governor Baker
- Newburyport Health Department COVID-19 Website
- CDC COVID-19 Website
- MDPH Website
Latest Health Guidance
City leaders stress that if anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath they are advised to call their primary care physician as a first step.
For those calling 911 for police or fire services, you will find that dispatchers are asking a number of questions about the health of you and those in your household to better prepare first responders and keep them safe.
Public health officials are advising everyone to practice social distancing by keeping six feet between people to prevent the spread of infection, which includes handshaking and hugging. Residents are also encouraged to avoid group activities and events.
Other Guidelines Include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
The City’s leadership team understands that the threat of illness as well as the widespread practice of social distancing and the closure of most public events and cancellation of school and other activities is a source of stress and anxiety for many residents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for those experiencing fear and anxiety relating to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Coping with stress will make residents and those they care about, as well as the community as a whole, stronger and healthier.
Those who may respond to the crisis more strongly than others include:
- Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
- Children and teens
- People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, such as doctors and other healthcare providers, or first responders
- People who have mental health conditions, including problems with substance use
Additionally, people with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.
For more information, parents, responders, people who have been released from quarantine and the general public can visit the CDC’s “Managing Anxiety and Stress” website.